Did you know that Musee Picasso Antibes was the first museum in the world to be devoted to Pablo Picasso?

This beautiful museum is an impressive ancient castle on the rampart walls of Antibes. It offers stunning views overlooking the port, the Cap d’Antibes and out to the sparkling, aqua blue Mediterranean sea. 

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It is worth paying the small entrance fees just for the views offered from this gorgeous castle. Today the renovated building is a brightly-lit museum and no longer the dark and gloomy ancient castle. 

This 15th century château showcases around 250 Picasso artworks. The
Musee Picasso Antibes also displays paintings and sculptures by other modern and contemporary artists such as Nicholas de Staël, Hans Hartung, Fernand Léger and Joan Miro.

A Weeny Bit of History

In 1946, Pablo Picasso set up his studio in the château, then called the Grimaldi Museum. However, Picasso left after a year and gifted the museum with 44 drawings and 23 of his paintings including ‘La Joie de vivre’ and ‘Ulysse et les sirènes’ .

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Joie De Vivire, 1946 – Paintings by Pablo Picasso
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In 1947, the first Picasso Hall was inaugurated. But over time, the museum received donations of more Picasso artworks, including paintings, drawings and ceramics. To accomodate this larger collection, new rooms were added. On December 27, 1966 and in honor of Picasso, the Grimaldi Château became the Picasso Museum (Musee Picasso Antibes).

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Paintings of Pablo Picasso
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Musee Picasso Antibes Information

The Picasso Museum is open year-round, excluding Mondays.

Check the official website for opening times, as they vary depending on the time of year.

The drive to Antibes from the Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur takes around 20 minutes.

Antibes is a great place to base yourself when holidaying in the French Riviera
(Côte d’Azur). This smaller town is far more laid back and chilled than the nearby city of Nice. Press here for the official tourist information website of Antibes.

If you are looking for accomodation, there are plenty of options available. Press here for accomodation options on Booking.com.

My Tip: Book early!! The Côte d’Azur is a very popular tourist destination and especially in the summer months!!!

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